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hi, everyone. i'm don lemon. the top of the hour. tracking breaking developments in washington where there's word of a breakthrough in the debate over raising the nation's debt ceiling. senator harry reid, democratic leader in the senate, has signed off on terms of an agreement. his support is pending the approval of his fellow senate democrats. this is important for a lot of reasons. first, the clock is ticking towards tomorrow's midnight deadline to avoid default. and, second, monday trading begins on key asian markets just one hour from now. and there is a lot of concern about how traders will react, if
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washington doesn't reach a deal. so let's go there now. our congressional correspondent kate bolduan standing by as she has for so many hour. i hear nancy pelosi, democrats' leader in the house also weighing in? >> reporter: she. behind closed doors for most of the day meeting with democratic leadership and came out a short time ago and, of course, was asked the question on everyone's mind. do you have a deal? have you signed on to a deal? while she wouldn't endorse a deal, she wouldn't shoot one down. she said she needs to speak with her democratic members in the house first. listen here. >> we haven't really -- i haven't seen the final in writing. you know with these thing, details are important and, again, i'll have a discussion with my caucus as to how this comes down. >> reporter: now, while, of course, we'll one time to know what comes out of, when she meets with the caucus.
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it is significant we talking about the framework of a deal, the fact they're even talking about elements of a deal ate this point considering 24 hours ago there was quite a different mood up here on capitol hill. quite a bit of pessimism they were still at a stalemate and not moving anywhere. of course a deal is not done until the deal is done. but they seem to be quite optimistic they're moving towards something and a big endorsement, this earlier today from the top negotiator democrat in the senate, harry reid. a lot of moving parts. trying to get a hold on t. and talk about republicans. do we know where they stand on the approval of this deal? >> reporter: yeah. that is a big question, because the house republicans, you saw just how hard it was for the house republican leadership to get their own bill through the house, and to get their own members onboard for this deal. talking about a compromise, you can only guess that might be even a tougher sale, possibly. we haven't heard yet from house speaker john boehner or house leadership and where they stand on things.
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we know, though, however, we are told by a top senate republican leadership aide that they're not there yet and still working. so it seems like they're still working on the deal. clearly, not at a place harry reid is at this point and that's a big question of where are republicans going to stand on this? are they going to endorse it and what their issues are with it. don? >> thank you very much, kate boldu bolduan. from capitol hill to the white house. dan lothian, our white house correspondent. what is the president doing while these senate moves are happening? >> reporter: look, just to jump off the conversation were you having with kate. one of the things the white house wants to figure out now is not only that they have senator harry reid onboard with this framework or this plan, but also where does john boehner stand. where does the rest of the gop stand on this deal, and potentially, what needs to happen with this deal in order to make it. that's a big focus of the white house this evening. the president hasn't anything on
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paper, at least officially to us. we know he's been busy here at the white house. we know that the vice president has been involved in the discussions as well. in fact, democratic source familiar with the talks here at the white house pointing out that the vice president was in deep negotiations not only internally at the white house also with lawmakers up on the hill. the big issue, the big caution everyone is giving here, there's still not a deal. that there's still a lot of work to be ironed out between all sides in this battle and, of course, as the clock winds down, everyone is hopeful -- hopeful that that deal can be reached soon. >> listen, if we have not seen or heard anything from the white house, and so is it fair to say that the white house has been silent or are they speaking to the media, are they speaking through the media? >> reporter: you know, top aides made the sunday morning show rounds this morning. but other than that, we're getting bits and pieces of information about what's going on behind the scenes, that the
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conversations continue, that they are hopeful. beyond that, we're not getting any sort of readout of what the president is doing hour by hour. that's not completely unusual. we do know that the white house over the last few weeks said they don't read out every single phone call that's made. every bit of discussion taking place behind the scenes. nonetheless, they do say the talks continue and there's a hope that the progress that has been made over the last 24 hours will continue words the final deal. >> all right. hey, listen, i want to -- dan, can you weigh in on this for me? just got -- some information that's saying, gop, from the gop. a conference call tonight at 8:30 eastern. again, this is just coming in. this is from speaker boehner's office. there will be a conference call tonight at 8:30 p.m. eastern. house gop chief and schedule -- that's where that comes from. can you talk to us about that or would it be better to go back and speak with -- as i get this
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off the printer and speak with kate bolduan? >> reporter: i'm sure kate can weigh in on this as well. this is what i was talking about. critical to get not only the democrats on board, harry reid, other democrats not pleased tab but willing to embrace it, because though don't want to see the u.s. default. but it's critical as well to find out, will the republicans buy into this? will john boehner, you remember, was originally negotiating directly with the president and pulled out of those talks. the white house leaving up to lawmakers on the hill, kind of giving them the space to work something out, and now there's a framework being embraced by senator reid, will this be something that john boehner will embrace, and then be able to sell to his caucus? that's the question and what everybody will be watching. >> 8:30 p.m. speaker of the house, john b boehner, scheduled a conference call. we'll carry it, of course, on cnn if anything comes out of it. dan, thanks for helping me out with that new bit of information
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there. why don't we talk to republican senator, a senator from north dakota. new to washington but not to politics. governor of north dakota for ten years and handled a lot of budget issues before joining the senate. thank you for joining us. an obvious question, but what do you make of this phone call, this conference call tonight with john boehner? is that a sign of progress, do you think? >> don, i think it is thanks for inviting me to be with you. i think we're making progress and a good sign they're having that conference call this evening. i think they're going to go through some of the things we put forward in an offer to the democrats, and they're also going to talk about where the democrats are in their approach and something we can give back to the republican senate and get passed in the house as well. >> do you think we'll have a deal tonight? >> i'm not sure we'll have it completely wrapped up. i hope so. i'ding surprise fundamental we're voting tonight but i hope
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we get to a plan we're ready to vote on in the morning. >> harry reid signed off. nancy pelosi taiking it to her caucus. you heard her speak a short time ago. what's holliding up republicans? will we see mitch mcconnell endorse a deal? will we see that? >> that's our goal. get to something tonight we can go through with our caucus. that the democratic caulk kiss go through and we're ready to have a vote on tomorrow morning. that is definitely our goal. we're close. we hope to be there. and the house is talking tab now as well, getting ready. obviously, whatever we do then goes right back to them, and we want to hit this deadline so we're working very hard to keep it moving. >> i'm glad i have you here. as we're speaking, things are unfolding moment by moment here. when i had our white house correspondent on i talk about the conference call. i asked you about that. new information now from our chief white house correspondent jessica yellin saying the
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holdup, the holdup appears to be defense spending. it says speaker boehner is objecting to defense spending cuts. what do you make of that? >> there is a concern. one of things we've been working on is the trigger mechanism so that the committee if they don't get to the, say, $1.8 trillion cut level. again, that number has changed a little throughout the day, but that there's an automatic reduction that goes into place. so what is that trigger? right now the discussion is whether that trigger should be across the board. one-half, though, of the cuts would go to defense. the other half non-defense. and there is concern in the house, and i think concern that we share in the senate as well as to whether that's too heavy in the defense area. >> okay. >> that is something we're stl trying to work out. >> i think this information is important. so iffy will just stick by, i'm going to read it and get your response. from our white house, chief white house correspondent jessica yellin. according to democrat and
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republican sources familiar with the discussions, boehner's objection to defense spending cuts is the outstanding holdup to the deem. disputing how much in cuts the pentagon will face in the first round. speaker is trying to protect the pentagon further in the framework's first round of cuts. speaker's office negotiating with the office trying to come to a different configuration for defense cuts. multiple sources caution giving this road block the deal isn't agreed to. nothing is agreed to until everything is agreed to. according to a democratic source, the situation today, the vice president has been on the phone with speaker boehner multiple time, with senator mcconnell and is going back and forth with leadership in both parties. wrap do you make of that? >> i think that's accurate. i think that is where we are right now, and that's certainly an issue, and there's still some things to be worked out. gep, that's why our goal is to get something in terms of a plan by tonight, and hopefully to a vote by tomorrow morning. again, it's got to be snomethin
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in we not only get through the senate but the house as well. >> i have taxed you any of with all of this don hoeven. thank you for coming up. >> the key, we need to keep working to get an agreement and we're going stay after. >> it i wholeheartedly agree. thank you so much. >> thank you. we may have to wait a little longer to see a financial impact. it's monday morning in japan and the market opens in less than an hour. we go standing by live in tokyo. hello. what's expected to happen there this morning? >> reporter: well, we can tell you, don, that the markets early her been indicating the futures that is, that the tokyo stock exchange would be opening down. but now it is indicating that the market will be opening slightly higher. now, of course, we don't know exactly why. certainly that does appear to about reflection of all of the news out of washington. that there may potentially be a deal, and so what we're seeing here is markets holding their
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breath. they are hoping that there is going to be some good news out of washington. that would certainly be good news for this market. last week was very tough. the nikkei was down some 2.2% almost every single day last week. the u.s. dollar hit a new fresh low. a four-month low almost every single day last week. what that has meant for corporate profits here is a huge chunk of change. every time the u.s. dollar sinks and the japanese yen rises, what that means is that these corporations lose hundreds of millions of dollars, and that money is repatriated. corporations like toyota, nissan, canon, all the companies that sell to america. a lot of eyeballs not just on the market but also in corporate boardrooms. >> thank you. good news that they are potentially close a deal but good news because we thought the markets in tokyo, the asian markets would open down. it appears they're opening up,
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in the plus category. look what happens when you agree on something. it's all good news. thank you, but you know, we don't know how it's going go and will check back later on, because we'll cover it all evening. tonight at 9:00, a cnn special report. what will it take to find a solution to the debt crisis? wolf blitzer and i break down the obstacles an options. don't miss, "get it done" 9:00 eastern right here on cnn. listen to this -- >> and just put ten bullets in your [ bleep ] glock. >> that's mild. an ohio police officer is caught on tape threatening a motorist and it's not the first time an incident has been caught on camera. we'll show you the video that's gone viral and talk about the case with legal contributor holly hughes. of course, we're all over the debate talks right now. the debt talks. so later we're going to talk to independents and get their reaction. how are they feeling? left out? any hope they feel in this whole
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geic you guys please remember the golden rule? do unto others as you would have them do unto you. it's not do unto others before they do unto you. please, go back to sunday school. >> voices of america on the debt ceiling talks coming from cnn ireporters. krn can' we won't go far away from that story. want to tell you about this, though. in canton, ohio, some residents
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demanding a suspended police officer be fired. damage cam video you're about to see appears to show the officer threatening to shoot people during traffic stops. eric mansfield from our affiliate wkyc. >> two steps back, pull my glock .40 and put ten bullets in your [ bleep ] -- >> reporter: posted one week ago. already an online must-see. canton police officer daniel harless berating a driver who appears to be showing him his concealed carried license so harless would know he was armed. >> you [ bleep ] in your [ bleep ] head. >> reporter: now a second video. >> i'll kill every one of you [ bleep ]. >> this one from a year ago. >> i'm teing you what, [ bleep ] -- [ bleep ] i will shoot you in the face and go to sleep at night. >> reporter: harless' temper flares instructing two people in the back seat of a car during a traffic stop for suspected drunk driving. >> looks like we're seeing repeat behavior.
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disturbing. >> reporter: with ohioans for concealed carrying. a group calling for harless' job. >> in both cases this officer the behavior is entirely egregious, and he needs to be removed at once. >> reporter: he, in both cases, the officer is encountering a gun during a traffic stop. always a perceived threat for police. now it's up to police brass to determine what's acceptable. >> mother [ bleep ] -- get the [ bleep ] before i shoot you. >> okay. so i should tell you that officer daniel harless has not been charged with a crime. he is on paid administrative leave from his job while these incidents are investigated. the group pushing for his dismissal, ohioans for concealed carry. ohioans for concealed carry. philip is a leader of the group, you saw him in that report. he joins us from cleveland. philip, canton place say they are investigating. what's the process and how long will it take? >> well, you no one knows the
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answer to that question. we're waiting and we're trying to be very patient, but in the meantime, the citizens of kan n canton and the area are very nervous. there's been a loss of confidence in the local police force, and this creates some serious public safety issues. people have to have confidence and feel safe with their local police, and until this issues resolved with officer harless, we have a very bad situation on our hands here. >> you released this videotape. correct? >> that's correct. >> you did. and because you feel, i would imagine, that this officer is a menace or danger to society? >> yes. this is a police officer that threatened a, an unarmed, handcuffed citizen with
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execution. the video, i think you just played it, is extraordinary. his behavior amounts to one of the worst instances of police abuse in modern u.s. history. it's a very, very serious situation. my group become interested in this whole unfortunate event, because it -- it brings to light a problem with the ohio concealed carry notification block. that was the way we entered this whole -- this whole issue. >> uh-huh. >> but our concern now is also to make sure that people are safe and they have this person removed at once. >> what's interesting is that, for people, especially carrying, a consent to conceal, consent to carry, excuse me, when usually people who are in those groups
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are very pro-police officers. i imagine you think -- because the videotape is so damning when you see it, that you're just not having it, and you understand the pressures of the police? >> of course. and we have many police officers and law enforcement administrators that are not only founders of our organization, but are active members, and have been so throughout our 12-year history. we're a very pro-police observation. we work very closely with police organizations in the state of ohio, and we want everybody to be safe. we want people who choose to obtain a concealed carry license and carry a handgun to be safe. we want police officers to be safe. that's why, one of the reasons this is such an incredibly disconcerting circumstance. >> philip, come back and let us know if you indeed get what you wanted to get this officer fired. we appreciate you coming on.
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the canton police force said, it is being fully investigated. many critics say the extreme, dominating the debt ceiling negotiations but do independent voters in the middle have a voice in any of this? we'll ask a group of them, next. we find the best, sweetest crab for red lobster we can find. yeah! [ male announcer ] hurry in to crabfest at red lobster. the only time you can savor three sweet alaskan crab entrees all under $20, like our hearty crab and roasted garlic seafood bake or snow crab and crab butter shrimp. [ jon ] i wouldn't put it on my table at home, i wouldn't bring it in. my name's jon forsythe, and i sea food differently.
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the way the system is set up for years, a virtue in american politics and is no longer the
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idea of compromise considered something of weakness, and so independents have to keep pushing for people to try to come together and work on common ground. >> you hear that. february of 2010. over a year ago. one of the members of our regular panel of independent experts from the last time we had them on back in february of 2010. you know, he was talking about the battle over president obama's health care bill back then, but he could have been describing the current frustration over the debt ceiling debate. sounds liked same thing over and over again. we decided it is time to bring back that panel of independents. long time no see. joe gandilman, editor and chief of the moderate voice blog. omar ali, historian and nicole mealy, executive director of independent women's forum. there's lots of talk about the extremes. dominating the debt limit debate. so where's the independent voice in all of this? joe, where is it? >> well, independent voices,
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getting sort of edged out as the center is clearly under attack. right before i came down here tonight i read something from a tea party leader who didn't want his party to go moderate on them. the independents are being edged out because essentially what you have -- watching what's going on right now i keep thinking, 235 years of american history that produced leaders in a situation like this? it's just astounding. that's my reaction as i read it. >> nicole, had you heard anything from either side in this debate that resonates with you as an independent? >> i think it's been great, actually, they haven't had earmarks to try and twist people's arms with. we've been left out of the process because both sides have not been able to buy votes. that's encouraging. but at the same time, i think future generations are also being left out of this debate. we're borrowing 40 cents for every dollar we spend. so i mean, it's not getting any better. >> yeah. listen, we know there are potential presidential candidates for 2012 on the right
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and of course the president. is there anyone in this group that's still appealing to you, omar, as an independent? >> well, i mean, i think president obama's trying to make a case for himself. i lap to support, supported president obama last time around as did millions of independents because he was reaching out beyond the strict partisanship kind of way that politicians do politics in america. now, one of the things is that president obama wants to attract independents, and you see him trying to do that in the midst of this crisis in congress. he's got take a stern stance. we had 80% of americans who are unhappy and don't trust the american government. we have 9.8% unemployment rate. and that's a crisis that's going on right now. there is a connection between the political process and the economy, and if president obama wants to gain support of the independents, he fleeds needs to
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come out strongly in support of things that can open things up. >> guys can we get shorter answers? i want to get everyone in. everyone in here. i'll ask you this, omar, how do you feel president obama's performed as leader in this debt ceiling debate? >> i think he's been challenged, because he's in a system that's completely bipartisan. and in that kind of a system, it's very hard to actually have compromise, because the politicians are looking out for their interests over the country's interests. >> okay. joe? >> that's a very different position. >> joe? >> well, i think he's been doing everything he can try to do, but this idea of leading from behind has not been -- to sthat kind of strategy of waiting behind isn't work, because he's also working in a new what i call the talk radio political culture. set up towards sound bites and confrontation and no compromise. the idea of aggregating interests and, you know, a compromise and finding common ground. those are dirty concepts to some
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people right now. >> yeah. >> difficult to do. >> i don't think he's been leading. his whole twitter campaign trying to intimidate members of congress into seeking compromise. it was his compromise. his answer they were seeking. i found that threatening and menacing. i'm worried about inflation. i think that it's pretty sure that our bond ratings are going to drop regardless of the plan that gets passed. that's going to rye interest rates and that's going to hurt everyday americans. >> another topic, that we won't get into here now. so let's just quickly -- if you will to cast your ballot today, nicole, would it be president obama? would it be someone on the right or none of the above? >> right now i'm for none of the above. there aren't a lot on the right i'm crazy about. >> omar? >> i would support president obama, if he came out strongly for structural reforms to open upped process. >> joe? >> right now i would support president obama, because i'm being turned off by some of the
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things that i see on -- on the right with the inability to compromise and just -- basically governing by political hostagetaking. very turned often why in. >> and an answer for that. how do you feel about the tea party influence in these debt ceiling negotiations? joe? >> i think it's been -- it's so excessive. the tea party did win a significant amount of power but they didn't win control of all three branches of government, and have a veto power over the american economy. i've been thoroughly shocked at this situation we're in right now. >> omar? >> i think that the tea party, it's a marginal force of americans to tell you the truth in the sense that 40% of americans are independents. tea party folks are mostly part of the republican party. so where i see it is in support of the 40% of americans who don't like any party whatsoever. >> nicole, republicans sold off principles too long. the tea party has ban good thing and encouraging them to return to a constitutional government,
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limit a government questioning the size and scope of what the federal government does, because they can't do everything and we don't have the money to do everything. >> i'm glad to have you back. you're going to be on much more as we get closer to this election. nicole, omar and joe. thank you so much. we like hearing the independent voices. thanks again. tonight at 9:00 p.m. eastern, a cnn special report on what is will take to find a solution to the debt crisis. wolf blitzer and i break down the obstacles an options. don't miss "get done: countdown to debt crisis" tonight at 9:00 eastern right here on cnn. when we come right back a recap where we stand on the debt crisis talk. we leave you with a live picture from the capitol. we find the best, sweetest crab for red lobster we can find. yeah! [ male announcer ] hurry in to crabfest at red lobster. the only time you can savor three sweet alaskan crab entrees all under $20, like our hearty crab and roasted garlic seafood bake
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why are they so stupid and keep spending money when the bank is broke and have no more money in the bank. who are they fooling? >> all right. we're listening to you. the american people, on how you feel about the negotiations in washington. those are our ireporters. you can send to ireport, an hour from now we're told
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house speaker john boehner is expected to hold a news conference. a conference call. excuse me. a conference call, with fellow republicans to discuss the status of talks to raise the nation's debt ceiling. here's what sources are telling cnn. they say that boehner will tell members that there is no deal yet. that there is no deal yet. they're still working on it, and the sticking points, defense cuts, and this in the first round of cuts. okay. again. he will hold a conference call,incall, 8:30 tonight. house leader john boehner. now about the democratic side. harry reid, leader in the senate, already signed off on the deal, but his support is pending the approval of his fellow senate democrat. house senate leader nancy pelosi wants to see the final product before she can support. she also said she would meet with house democrats starting
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we want to turnn turn now t the middle east. staat assaulting the city of hama. battling on gangs that had taken over parts of the city. human rights group stay was an unprovoked raid on civilians. arwa damon is in beirut with the latest. >> reporter: eyewitnesses described how they woke up around 4:00 in the morning on sunday to the sound of tanks firing indiscriminately into residential areas, they say. at which point hundreds of people were said to have taken to the streets. some seeking safety. others trying to set up makeshift barricades or use whatever means available to try fight back against the syrian military. according to one eyewitness. the syrian security forces have now taken control over some parts of the city and are preventing people from being able to freely move around, causing great problems for those wounded and in hospitals.
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>> the people going on and the thing is, the security blocked all the roads. it was difficult for the people to reach the hospital, and security forces and army tanks, whenever they see a car moving they start shooting at the car. another hospital. the hospital here during the revolution here in syria. especially in hama, surrounded by a lot of, like an army of soldiers. a lot of intelligence people and security forces, and it's really awful. people here now on the streets, i'm here right now talking to you from the streets. i have nigh my knife. trying to protect the neighbors using sticks, swords, knives and that's all. >> the crackdown in hama appearing to happen in conjunction with similar crackdowns in other parts of the country in damascus and other parts. act vichts say they believe this
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crackdown coming just before the holy month of ramadan is set to start is to send a message to demonstrators to stay off the streets. after this had been planning daily massive demonstrations after they break their fast and go to prayers trying to put even more pressure on the syrian government. the message -- most certainly heard, the casualties it incredibly high, yet the demonstrateders continue to say they will take to the streets and rick their lives because they firmly believe at this point they cannot go back and they cannot allow this regime to stay in control. arwa damon, cnn, beirut. >> arwa, thank you. president obama said today he was aplombappalled by the ca and vowed to put more pressure on its leadership. it's roar are horrifying and demonstrate the true character of the syrian regime. in the midst of the country's debt crisis, millions of americans are also facing poverty. highway does that look through unites of our children?
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because of that, our voices aren't heard. >> thank you, ireporter seth harris. young person speaking out about what's happening in washington. log your reports, cnn/ireport. we'll get them on television. that's where you can go. you know, a partnership with "essence" magazine. we'll talk to two more people. see how they feel. living in poverty, as of june more than 14 million americans were unemployed. college students amanda james and shelby bryant arm themselves with video cameras and are traveling across america to document the faces of poverty. what have you learned? shelby? >> honestly, the thing that i learned, the thing i'm taking away from this most is that this stories that, of struggle actually have a light lining around them. everything has a -- everything
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has a fire basically. everyone that we're meet hag a positive outlook. >> the stories we found of struggle have so much strength. that's been one of the things that's been eye opening for both of us. absolutely. >> when we were in baltimore, it was the first day of our trip and we met women who were single moms living one of the rough areas of baltimore. in a neighborhood, and one of the women we interviewed invited us back to her neighborhood. when's the last time you heard about, like, someone you know getting shot or robbed or -- >> murdered? >> we got to the see what it's like for her living a daily life in an area she doesn't feel safe to walk with her children. she decided to overcome. it's her internal environment, not what you have or live on the outside. what's you have on the inside. >> it's overcoming the obstacles.
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interesting. people your age, you would think if you watch the reality shows on now especially, you would think most people your age are wealthy and driving around in fancy cars. their parents have a lot of money. you know what i'm talking about. but that's not the reality of what's happening in america, all across america, at least. >> this was definitely a step away from the private universities we both went to. >> and that, also, has been another surprising part. we come from very different backgrounds than everyone we've been spending time bit with but have been welcomed with open arms. inspiring to see this sort of strength in humanity and this openness and acceptance of people who are just -- wanting to share their stories with us. >> what do you have advice for for people who are watching? >> i would say from a personal perspective, living that comfortable life is much more predictable than a life living on the road for the past three weeks and this has been the best three weeks of my life. and still going to neighborhoods
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that i typically wouldn't drive through or spending time with people who i don't typically interact with for three weeks at a time has been more of a learning experience than being around people who are in college sororities. i couldn't recommend it more. >> thank you. >> appreciate it. >> thank you very much. great young students. the poverty tour is part of a cram calmed no nonsense socks for america which donates socks to kids in need. if you want to follow their tour or. out, visit they are website at the debt crisis didn't begin a year ago or a decade ago. it's been growing for even longer than that. we're going it look back at a quarter century of failure coming up.
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live pictures now of washington and the clock right in the middle. that's ominous. one day, four hours and seven minutes. just about seven minutes until default. that's the deadline. that is the official deadline. but really, it is now because the markets in asia and europe open very soon.
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we are shei ishowing you the wh house and capitol because they're continuing to work on it. 9:00, get it done is going to air tonight. watch us. we keep hearing the same question over and over during the debt debate -- how did we get here? well, the answer is very simple. a billion here, a billion there, pretty soon you're talking real money. trillions, right? we look back at a quarter sent riff cheap talk and avoiding the hard choices. >> will there be some compromising? absolutely. i think that there will be. there has to be. because i think it's absolutely important that we get a conference report so that we can continue the momentum and send the signal to the financial markets and to the world and to the american people that we are serious about dealing with deficits and debt reduction. >> this congress has lacked the guts, i think the administration on some occasion has lacked the guts to face up to trying to do
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something real about this budget. and i must say that this will compel the congress and future administrations than this one to do something real. what it really is, is it it is an infusion of backbone. >> it's funny how some of those who have been screaming the loudest about deficits are now obstructing and delaying, doing everything they can to try and sink this bill which will be coming to a vote, as i understand, in the senate this afternoon. now i'm not accusing anybody of insincerity, one the next time one of those folks gets up and complains about the deficit, they'd better have a smile on their face. >> the american people know budget deficits threaten the long-term economic health of our country, and over the years we've accumulated federal debt totaling $65,000 for every
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family of four in america. this debt does not create more wealth, it merely helps pay for our current consumption. it reminds me of the old fellow who bragged to his family that he finally borrowed enough money to pay off his debts. >> the deficit. the big spending deficit is a dark cloud hovering over the future of these kids and the federal government spends too much of your hard-earned money. help me put an end to that. i have asked congress to take over 4,000 specific projects, 250 federal programs and send them the way of the pet rocks and the mood rings and they refused to act. >> you got to get the debt down because otherwise the interest payments eat you alive, just like your home mortgage payments or anything else. >> interest now costs more than the defense department. so literally, you will pay more
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taxes if you go out and get a job just to pay interest on the debt than you'll pay to defend the country. >> the president has asked congress to raise our nation's debt limit by nearly trillion. they don't want a debt limit. they want unlimited debt so that they can continue to press misguided economic policies that have done nothing to stop the loss of 2.2 million jobs. raising debt limits is not the way to manage a sinking economy. >> my budget will maintain strict discipline in the spending of tax dollars and keep our commitment to cutting the deficit in half over five years. >> the bush plan would take our already-record high $4.3 trillion debt and put us another $2 trillion in the red. that's an immoral burden to place on the backs of the next generation. >> we've been here before, haven't we? listen, the house speaker is saying he is going to have a conference call with his members to talk about a deal, saying there's not one yet and there
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